Chrysler’s LX platform could quite rightly be called one of the hardest-working in the industry – or at the least, one of the longest-lived. It launched in 2004, propping up the then-new Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum before serving the revived Dodge Charger the following year. A few years later, Chrysler’s engineers took some of the length out to create the LC platform, which then underpinned the Dodge Challenger. The LD platform, which underpins FCA’s current Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, is really just an evolution of the LX platform – the same as with the 2015+ Challenger’s LA platform.
Fiat Chrysler has certainly gotten some good mileage out of the LX platform, then, but the automaker is ready to move on – or at least, it appeared to be. While we’d previously been led to believe that the next-generation Dodge Charger and Challenger would ride on Alfa Romeo’s brilliant Giorgio platform, later being told that both all-American muscle cars would get their underpinnings from Maserati, the latest from Motor Authority indicates that neither case is likely.
Instead, Motor Authority reports, both the next-generation Dodge Charger and Challenger will use yet another evolution of – you guessed it – the LX platform.
“We may not necessarily have to go as far as the Giorgio architecture for Dodge as long as we are willing to commit to a significant upgrade to the current architecture to make it competitive,” FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne remarked at last week’s Investor Day presentation. “That’s something that’s already started… Certainly by the time we finish with that architecture, you will not recognize its origins.”
“We may maintain its bare-bones structure,” Marchionne noted, saying that engineers will work from there to overhaul the platform.
Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform would be ill-suited to Dodge’s duo of RWD cars, Marchionne says, because “from a size and capability standpoint, it reflects much more of a European performance requirement than it does the American heritage of Dodge.” Precisely what this means is unclear, but in defense of the LX platform and its various evolutions, it does an admirable job of balancing performance with ride comfort and ease of driveability at the limit.
That’s true no matter how old it is.